Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He will declare justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel nor cry out, Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench, Till He sends forth justice to victory; And in His name Gentiles will trust.
Matthew 12: 18-21
Some people are more natural servants, I think. They have eyes that see a need; they have hearts that do something about it. This may be small-scale or large-scale, but for some people this just comes more easily. Then there are others…like me. There are times I just don’t see the need–oftentimes not until someone else has already identified it and taken care of it. So, I may have the heart, but not the sight. Of course, there are other times when I see the need very clearly, but don’t have the desire to put myself aside and care for the other person.
You may relate to asking for something in prayer and then having God give you many opportunities to practice that very thing. This year I have prayed that I would see needs and serve right away. I’ve also prayed that I would have more of a heart to serve my husband and my family. And, God has been faithful to give me much practice. Sometimes I listen to Him as He nudges me in directions where I could be selfless; other times I dig my heels in deeply as I don’t feel like getting up from dinner (again) and taking care of him, or her, or him.
As we consider Christ’s work on the Cross–His crucifixion and resurrection–I am keenly aware of our Savior’s servanthood. He lived to glorify His Father and complete the work which He had given Him to do. Among that work was the most beautiful demonstration of love: to die for us while we were still sinners.
The divine power that raised the Messiah from the grave is at work in those who believe, according to 2 Peter 1. It’s not natural for any of us to be selfless. We are all born sinners. We are all selfish-minded. Yet, when we believe that God has raised Jesus from the dead, we will be saved. We will be sealed with the Holy Spirit and He will be at work in us to make us more like Christ and to give us the power to escape worldly corruption caused by evil desires.
This is so encouraging to me as I struggle with my own flesh–either being blind or heartless to other people’s needs. Jesus gives me the desire and the power to esteem others as better than myself and to look out for others’ interests.
I’m not walking this path blindly. I have the Perfect Guide, the Sin-Bearing Servant.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage;
rather, He made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place
and gave Him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2: 5-11